Redhawks Pick-up Road Victory Over Gamecocks, 83-76
Dec. 20, 2005
JACKSONVILLE, Ala. - (Tuesday, December 20, 2005) The Redhawks finally came away a winner in a road contest as they defeated Jacksonville State, 83-76 at Pete Mathews Coliseum in a Ohio Valley Conference game Tuesday evening. The win also snapped the Redhawks two-game OVC losing streak.
The Redhawks (5-5, 2-2 OVC) used three-point shooting and a late first-half run to pull away from the Gamecocks (2-8, 0-4 OVC) giving them their fifth-straight loss.
Both teams were on fire in the opening half, both teams shot over 56-percent from the field and each team had success from three-point range with the Gamecocks shooting 55-percent and the Redhawks shooting 50-percent.
Freshman Tarina Nixon (Gilbert, AZ/Highland) nearly matched her career-high in the first half as she poured in 16 points on 6-7 shooting, including a perfect 4-4 from three-point range.
In the second half the Redhawks grabbed a 15-point lead late and never relinquished it as they coasted to a seven point victory.
Nixon set a new career-high in scoring for the second consecutive game with a game-high 21 points. She finished 8-12 from the field and came up one three-pointer short of the Redhawks single season game record.
Tatiana Conceicao (Sao Paulo, Brazil/Western Nebraska CC) poured in 20 points on 7-15 shooting. She also grabbed six rebounds and dished out four assists.
Lachelle Lyles (Chicago, IL/Shelton State CC) recorded her first Redhawk double-double with 10 points and 12 rebounds. Six of those rebounds were on the offensive end. She went 5-6 from the field.
Wanika Owsley (Indianapolis, IN/Southeastern Illinois CC) rounded out the double-figure scorers for the Redhawks with 11 points. She led the team with five assists.
Three Gamecocks finished in double-figures led by LaTonya McKinney with 18 points.
The Redhawks take a break over the holidays before concluding their three-game road swing with a non-conference game against East Tennessee State on Wednesday, December 28 in Johnson City, Tennessee.